Views on Anthropogenic Climate Change Vary. Why?by Bill Chameides | July 24th, 2009
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Statistics provide numbers. We decide what they mean. Case in point: how different groups view the causes of global warming.
Percentage of people polled who believe the Earth is warming because of human activity*:
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84% of scientists**
74% of liberal Democrats
64% of Democrats
59% of conservative/moderate Democrats
49% of general public
41% of moderate/liberal Republicans
30% of Republicans
21% of conservative Republicans
Percentage of polled scientists who identify as:
What does this mean?
Why has the science of climate change become a partisan issue?
Why are liberals more likely to agree with scientists than conservatives, who pride themselves on being realists?
Why are scientists more likely to be democrats? Is their scientific objectivity clouded by their politics?
Or is their scientific knowledge more likely to lead them to a Democratic mindset?
And if more Republicans were scientists, would they still be Republicans?
* Based on a recent survey by The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. The general public part of the poll, conducted from April 28 to May 12, 2009, surveyed a nationwide sample of 2,001 adults, 18 years of age or older. The scientists surveyed were drawn from a list of members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. The results for the scientist survey are based on 2,533 online interviews conducted from May 1 to June 14, 2009 with a subset of AAAS members.
**Scientists in the survey were predominantly U.S.-born, white men over the age of 50 whose area of expertise focuses on medical or biological research. Thus, their views were for the most part not influenced by the potential for climate research funding.filed under: climate change, faculty, global warming, politics, science, Statistically Speaking